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House Calls: Time to deck the hallways

Inject some holiday cheer into a drab hallway. (BigStockPhoto)

First impressions are lasting impressions, so pay extra attention to your foyer when decking the halls this season; it’s the first, and sometimes only, room guests see when they visit your house. We asked designer Kelley Proxmire for tips on giving a dull entryway a festive touch.


By using lush greenery, ornamented topiaries and faux-fur pillows, Proxmire pulls off a winter theme in unexpected ways. “Practicality is important, too,” she said. “By keeping the wall and accent colors neutral, you can add and subtract seasonal items all year long.”

A pair of red lamps will add instant holiday cheer. They can be brought out again for other holidays, such as Valentine’s Day.

Painting the walls a neutral color, such as Benjamin Moore’s Linen White, allows the room to transition easily from season to season.

Get crafty. Spray-paint a cardboard deer head white, and use it as a wreath hook.

Give the greenery a more festive look by dressing it with red ornaments and silver bows.

Add practical furniture. A chest of drawers can store winter accessories, and a bench offers a soft place to sit and place bags and gifts.

Hang bay leaf garland around the door and along the banister to make the entrance feel warm and inviting. Accent with bows to pull in the reds in the room.


Cardboard animal heads ($52,; bay leaf garland ($60-$100,;
solid wood Chippendale planter box ($50,; sweet bay triple ball tree topiaries ($250,;
hand-painted accent chest in rustic sand finish ($615,; Red Westport striped rug ($88,; set of two
South Beach table lamps in cherry red ($100,

Kelley Proxmire Interior Design (301-320-2109, www.kelleyinterior
is in Bethesda.


Bay leaf wreath ($60,

Fur pillows by Adrienne Landau ($150,

. . . OR SAVE

Holiday Living Denver artificial wreath with red bow ($11,

Coyote faux fur pillows ($35, www.decorinnovation.

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